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Reviews 657 total reviews with an average rating of 3.5

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College Senior

Majors: I have not done internships through school

4 College Senior

Majors: I love the AT program. People are great and working with athletes is awesome. Get to know everybody. Very time consuming tho

2 College Senior

Campus Strictness: School policies are a joke and often ras will not uphold them. Easy to get away with a lot. Spo cops are the worst, only there to give parking tickets and probably over paid

4 College Senior

Nightlife: Fridays are more chill but plenty of parties. Saturdays are party filled with everyone ending up at roscoes

3 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: Small town with no room for personal growth. Everything stays local. Its a nice area but its not close to any bigger towns

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: All local restaurants. Good food but can get pricey

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: The off campus houses are owned independently of the college by landlords who are extremely helpful and willing to help students. The college can be assholes when it comes to deciding who can live off campus. Its cheaper to live off campus but you have to do all the work yourself, no help from the school, to find a place. General maintenance is needed on all houses

3 College Senior

Diversity: The college is fairly diverse as they pride themselves in having international students attending school. Luther has a very open community to sexual orientation.. I mean come on, its a music first school

3 College Senior

Scholarships: They have a good number of scholarships based on academics through high school and your act score. Along with grants and federal aid you can take a good chunk out. However, its about 45k to go here so you'll still end up with quite a bit of loans to pay off

3 College Senior

Drug Safety: RAs try and control it but a lot of people drink underage. Its not a dry campus so those of age also drink in the dorms and around campus. Marijuana use isn't too big at the school, mainly alcohol. Many people are smart about drinking and walk to the bars

3 College Senior

Transportation: Everything is close, its a small campus. We walk mostly everywhere and off campus stores aren't too far either. Most people bring a car but don't use them too much. There are taxis around decorah if needed

3 College Senior

Greek Life: The idea of them is good if they would actually do the community service they say they are going to... its mostly just an organized group to drink with

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: Decorah isn't a very big town so you don't have to worry about your stuff getting broken into and stolen. On campus, I have never had a problem with safety and security. Luther, with its high standards, draws nice, well rounded kids to come to school there. Overall, security and safety is never a problem... although there are occassional false fire alarms on weekend nights.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greeks and pledging are generally seen as annoying by non-Greeks. Not sure of the housing situation, but the presence overall is not that huge besides Wednesdays, when they all show off their pretty sweatshirts.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Luther sits on top of a hill in Decorah above the town so there is very little non-student presence on campus. Campus security is fast to respond, less than five minutes to any need whether it is being locked out of your room or hearing an odd noise outside. There have been very few cases, less than five, times where the police have been called in my three years at Luther. I feel completely safe on and off campus.

5 College Junior

Diversity: Luther is very strong in supporting diversity and acceptance in regard to ethnic/racial diversity, economic background, political beliefs, religion, and/or sexual orientation. There are many groups around campus that are supporting and raising awareness of issues on campus and around the world. There are housing options available that focus on community building and raising awareness as well.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are many reasonably priced options around the Decorah area. There are Chinese, Mexican, Italian, American, Pizza, Sushi, sports bars and fast food options. They are mostly on the main downtown strip which is within walking distance if you do not have a car. The best places to look for while in Decorah are Mabe's Pizza for some of the best pizza in town, The Family Table for good home-style cooking and T-Bock's for burgers and more!

4 College Junior

Majors: Chemistry and the sciences in general are very strong at Luther College. Luther is a very strong academic as a whole and is selective in the admissions process. The most important criteria are academic achievement and community service certainly doesn't hurt. There is no strange requirements to get into Luther.

5 College Junior

Majors: The Chemistry Department at Luther College is very good at working with students to prepare them for their future. The specific program is enjoyable to be in. The professors are always willing to help clarify any questions or misconceptions that you have and the upper class students are always willing to help out as well. I feel the junior and senior student involvement in the program is unique as many times it's every man for themselves but at Luther, we are constantly pushing each other to be the best we can be and always lending each other a lending hand. There are always research, job and internship opportunities posted in the Chemistry study lounge.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really like my room mate and my floor mates. It makes it real easy to fit in the social atmosphere.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: I chose Luther, because of the students and the atmosphere the students omit. It is great to attend a college where other students have similar interests- choral, dancing, etc.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Keeping my grades up allows me to receive an academic scholarship. Without that scholarship, it would be hard to attend this university.

4 College Freshman

Majors: The workload can be difficult, but I dont mind as I really enjoy the subject matter for English major.

5 College Freshman

Majors: My career goal is to be a HS English teacher and possible write a book someday.

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: There are quiet hours for the dorms especially at finals time.


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William Morris
Wausau, WI
English (with minor in Secondary Education)
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The Luther bubble does a wonderful job of creating an experience that is not duplicated anywhere else, and many students hold that near to their hearts. The campus's small size allows for plenty of bonding and gives students support and a sense of community and common purpose. The College’s “liberal” bent has less to do with politics and more to do with personal choice. The College allows students to be creative and experiment on their own terms without punishing them for being different sexually, personally, or in terms of viewpoint. In the same way, professors at Luther are not about pushing their own ideas onto other students; they would rather present multiple viewpoints to you and let you make your own decision based on what you’ve learned. The community is also present outside of academics, and everyone is in the same boat at Luther. Despite the existence of a small Greek system, there is no real hierarchy at Luther over who rules the roost. If you’re looking for an Animal House-type experience or plan on living and dying based on the basketball team, you’ll be out of luck at Luther.

Many students love Luther for the simple fact that the bubble allows students to experience all kinds of fun. Academics aside, many students come here for the opportunity to perform in music, play sports, make a difference in student government, or contribute to the campus’s vibrant performing arts society. The workload at Luther and variety of majors allow students to get a great education and forget about it on the weekends, but that doesn’t mean every night has to be a party. Most professors place an emphasis on writing competence at Luther, which means you can expect more term papers than worksheets, especially if you’re in a writing-intensive major. Luther teaches students that although many of the best things can be found on campus, you should still venture into the unknown just to be sure. College is not about ivory towers, old brick buildings, and a false sense of importance; it’s about finding and creating yourself. For many students, there’s no better place to complete that project than Luther.

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